What is Damp Proofing?

Damp Proofing is the broad term used to describe preventative and remedial methods and treatments of controlling moisture build up in properties. Damp can occur for many reasons but it is usually a result of a failed Damp Proof Course, poor ventilation or below par property maintenance. Older buildings are usually more permeable to water, making damp issues more common. Unlike modern homes, there has usually been no attempt at Damp Proofing in the construction of the property. A lack of maintenance is historically led to damp issues, but the most common problem as of now is poor building work stopping moisture from escaping.

If you are wondering whether you need to put Damp Proofing measures in place there are a few tell tales signs that your property is affected. Plaster peeling off the wall, a distinctive damp and musty smell being present and black mould spots on the wall are all signs of a damp infestation. If you believe you are affected, you should contact a Damp Proofing specialist to provide a clear vision of what treatment is needed.

Your home may already have Damp Proofing measures in place. The easiest way to find out is to contact a specialist, but you may be able to find out yourself. If you look at the external wall of the property, approximately 6 inches of the ground will be a plastic sheet or black line running horizontally. This is the indication of a Damp Proof Course.

The 2 most common and effective measures of Damp Proofing are running a Damp Proof Course (DPC) and installing Damp Proofing Membrane. DPC is a measure used to prevent rising damp. Holes are drilled into the wall roughly 6 inches of the ground and injected with a damp proof injection. Membrane is applied by covering the floor or interior walls of the property. It works as a barrier for moisture and stops it from getting to the inner walls.

If you are looking to get any Damp Proofing work done, it is always recommended that you contact a Damp Proofing Specialist.

 

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